Rendering of the entrance to the new addition of the LSS administrative office

During the past three years, more than 70,000 people have benefitted from the services offered by Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio throughout a 24-county region including Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan.
Our rich history in the community, combined with the growing numbers of those who come to the agency seeking services, calls LSS to plan and prepare for this continued and increasing demand. With full support from our LSS Foundation, volunteers and other community partners, we are embarking on a quest to raise the funds needed to expand our services in the years ahead with additional office, food pantry and meeting space.
The 7,240-square foot expansion of our administrative office in Toledo will add much-needed clinical space for our Behavioral Health services, as well as a new space for our Choice Food Pantry.
Through a prior sale from the Lucas County Land Bank, LSS has owned the adjacent vacant lots next door for several years. The time seems right to utilize this space, connect it to the existing building and move forward with an area better equipped to serve. With blessings already received from the Old West End Historical Commission and the City of Toledo Zoning Commission, LSS is confident that the expansion plans are designed to meet sustainable program demands.
The total cost of the project is $3.2 million, and fundraising is already well underway. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in 2025.
On Monday, July 8, Ohio State Rep. Michele Grim came to our Toledo office to present Lutheran Ministries of Mercy President and CEO Terri Rodriguez and LSS Vice President Traci Jaksetic with $100,000 from the State Capital Fund budget.
For more information on the building project, please see our Case for Support.
Please contact LSS Vice President Traci Jaksetic at 419-243-9178 or LMM Director of Planned Giving Jeanette Hrovatich at 419-972-4373 with questions or comments.

Exterior view of the building expansion from Collingwood Ave. The original LSS building is on the right.

Interior view of the expansion.

Aerial view of the building expansion. Collingwood Ave. is on the right, and the original LSS building as at the top, along Bancroft St.